Dredg Interview 99

This is a Dredg interview from 1999, from Bo Jangles in Sacramento, CA, a club that doesnt exist anymore.

AMP- So how much longer until Dredg.com is up?

Dredg- We just talked to the guy yesterday, we paid him the money..well we paid him half….We’ll see it soon, hopefully in the next 2 weeks…From there it will be updated a lot because we are going to put it up and see how it goes… We have not been able to see it altogether…..

Dredg FACT- Out of the 4 of them, two go to University of Santa Clara, one attends an art school, and another attends San Diego State.

AMP- How did this album come about?

Dredg- A lot of Acid (Kidding)……..

AMP- {After leading me on to a couple of other off-the-wall explanations on how the album came about(one being Willy Wonka), they eventually tell me, that a couple of them had recently spent time traveling around the world and a lot of this album deals with most of their personal experiences while traveling.}

Dredg- …..We wanted to do a story to it, to put a little extra, whatever in there, so we just started talking about what we wanted everything to be about.

AMP- Are the words in the booklet, the lyrics?

Dredg- Yeah, you got to find them, they are kind of hidden in there. If you know the whole story, and you know the whole album, you’ll know all the lyrics.

AMP- You guys don’t have a normal or typical sound. I tried describing your sound to my friend at work, and I could not do it. What are the major influences in your music?

Dredg- Probably like, landscapes, and stuff like that.

AMP- A lot of your songs are instrumental, so I guess in a way you could sort of visualize scenery. How long did it take you to finish the album?

Dredg- It was all over a period of time. It was good because we could go in over a weekend and mix, and get a break, and then go in again and record some more. It was probably a full year until it came out.

AMP- What does HDCD do? (On Dredg’s album, they used the HDCD program to record)

Dredg- (Engineer Travis Crenshaw steps in and explains it)- It’s a clarity thing. There are 3-4 different formats you can use, and at this particular mastering studio, Rocket Lab, they offered either HDCD, or not HDCD. HDCD is a lot clearer, a lot more punchier sounding, it works better for rock bands in general. It has a heavier edge to it, it could only benefit the CD, and then you are required to put the label “HDCD” somewhere on your CD.

AMP- (I then go into how I noticed a bigger and in-depth sound on the album, thinking it was the HDCD…….The band then laughed at me, told me that it was not HDCD, but the studio, then we went to the next question. Explain some of the guests on the album, and what they contributed….

Dredg- Ooh, Shannon Harris of Spike 1000 (Track 5), Gus Farwell (Track 6), he does the opera…All of it was pretty much improv.

AMP- Were there any effects on his voice?

Dredg- No, it was just two mics, stereo mics, and that room. (A reverb room that the band liked at the studio.) Oh yeah, and Gianna the cell player…..beautiful Italian girl…..She also did some stuff on the album.

AMP- {The band then goes into explaining what they all went through to make Gianna feel comfortable in the studio, and how Gianna made them feel, while in the studio for 6 days……(smirk).} Where are you guys from?

Dredg- Los Gatos, CA

AMP- How long have you been Dredg?

Dredg- We have been developing for the last 5 years.

AMP- Are you the original members?

Dredg- Yeah.. The old shit, is like the old old shit, we probably have been playing as a band for about 8 years.

AMP- From your 3-song demo, to your album now, has the sound from the two changed, or is this your overall style from the beginning? I mean, from your 3-song demo and the album now has about the same vibe. So I mean before you guys did the first one, were you guys different?

Dredg- Yeah, we were always changing…It’s cool you said that. I always thought the 3-song was a lot different than the new one, but it hints to this one.

AMP- {About this time, a plane went over us, and whatever was said, really was not heard…} I have only seen you twice, at Big Shots, and tonight..What are some of the other bands you have enjoyed sharing the stage with?

Dredg- Far, definitely Far. Papa Roach, Spike 1000. Queens of the Stone Age…

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